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Suffolk foster carers and transferring to Suffolk

Find out how to transfer to working with Suffolk County Council and the benefits you receive as part of the team.

Suffolk foster carers

Transferring carers

If you’re currently registered with another fostering service and are thinking of transferring to Suffolk, we’d love to hear from you. We can visit you at home to talk through what would be involved.

We will make the transfer process as smooth and as expedient as possible - it could be within 6 weeks.

We have many carers who transfer to us each year. We would be happy to put you in touch with one who can talk you through some of the benefits of fostering with Suffolk!

You can also read about why you should foster with Suffolk.

“I spoke to Suffolk Fostering Service and have never looked back”

– Amanda, transferring foster carer

All Suffolk children in care are the responsibility of Suffolk County Council.

We match children with our own pool of approved foster carers before other fostering providers.

At Suffolk Fostering Service, we are passionate about:

  • Creating positive outcomes for children: we maximise local resources and hold accountability to taxpayers

  • Matching children with the right carers: at Suffolk we know both the carer and the child and believe we are best placed to find the best match

  • Maintaining competitive fees and allowances: we offer 21 days paid respite, insurance, paid mileage and loan essential equipment and computers

  • Providing an extensive range of training and learning opportunities: including accredited qualifications, online courses and local sessions

  • Ensuring 24/7 exemplary support is available: including support from health, educational and therapeutic agencies

  • Offering regular supervision and support: from a dedicated fostering social worker

  • Giving you a regular placements and a choice of placements: our carers rarely have a vacancy

Be part of a team!

We offer opportunities to our foster carers who are keen to get more involved.

Suffolk foster carers can share their fostering experience and develop their own skills. Some of these opportunities attract an additional fee.

As a Suffolk foster carer you can:

  • Volunteer for the Suffolk Foster Carer Association

  • Become a Fostering Ambassador: we have several carers who work with the recruitment team and deliver public events to promote fostering

  • Receive a thank you payment of £500 if you introduce someone who goes on to be approved as a Suffolk Foster Carer

  • Become an Education Champion: This is a fee paid role in which foster carers mentor and support other carers in relation to their child’s educational needs.

  • Become a trainer: Take part in training new and existing Suffolk foster carers. Some of our carers are fully trained and accredited to co-run the 12 week KEEP programme Therapeutic Fostering

  • Support and mentor other carers individually or take part in running support groups

Suffolk County Council employees who foster are also eligible for SCC’s Foster Carers Leave Policy.

“The majority of carers are highly positive about the support they receive for the local authority.”

– Ofsted report 2015/2016

Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent 

Call us: 01473 264800

Email us: fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk

You can also leave feedback about our website.

Become a foster carer or adopter

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